Add the Air Conditioner’s Coils to the Spring Cleaning List

Cleaning Dirty Coils Can Improve an Air Conditioner’s Performance

Adding air conditioner maintenance and AC coil cleaning is essential for a spring cleaning list. Before the summer heat and humidity arrives, homeowners want to ensure their system is operating correctly to keep their house cool and comfortable. If the AC coils are dirty, it can cause the air conditioner to run inefficiently and lead to issues with the system. This post will discuss the importance of cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils

Evaporator Coils

evaporator coilsEvaporator coils play an essential role in cooling a home. They are designed to absorb heat from the indoor air using a refrigerant. An evaporator coil must be properly sized, installed, and maintained to operate correctly and efficiently. Regular maintenance and cleaning are vital for keeping an evaporator coil running efficiently and preventing costly repairs. 

Dirty evaporator coils can negatively impact the performance of an air conditioning unit. This is because they reduce the heat that can be transferred, making it difficult for an AC to cool the home. Additionally, dirty evaporator coils will cause inefficiency, which leads to higher energy bills and is more likely to cause a breakdown. Neglected evaporator coils can also lead to a system malfunction and decreased airflow, leaving some areas of the home without adequate cooling.

Condenser Coils

condenser coilsA condenser coil is another critical component of an air conditioner that helps to cool the air in a home. It releases the heat absorbed by the evaporator coil outside and then cycles the refrigerant back to the evaporator coil to continue the cooling cycle. It’s essential to keep an eye on the condition of the condenser coil and clean it routinely so it can continue to function properly.

The condenser coil is located in the unit outdoors, so if leaves, dirt, branches, or other debris get on the coils, it can cause them to work harder to keep a house cool. A dirty condenser coil can cause several issues. These include reduced cooling power, higher energy bills, and potentially even mechanical damage to the unit if not addressed quickly. As such, it is vital to ensure that the condenser coil stays clean so that homeowners can enjoy efficient and cost-effective cooling.

Coil Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s important to have the coils inspected and cleaned by an AC contractor at least once a year to ensure they are clean and working well, allowing the air conditioner to work correctly. Technicians will ensure the coils are functioning correctly, look for signs of damage, and clean them. 

To clean the coils, technicians will remove dirt and debris with water, a chemical cleaner, a brush, or a combination of these. Next, they will straighten any bent coil fins to prevent blocked airflow with a special fin comb called a coil fin straightener. Before they leave, they will close the panel and turn the air conditioner back on. 

These coil maintenance and cleaning services are relatively quick and can be performed during an annual AC tune-up. Keeping the condenser and evaporator coils clean is essential to ensure optimal air conditioning performance and efficiency and prevent malfunctions with the AC system.

About Saratoga Plumbing & Heating

Saratoga Plumbing & Heating is a family-owned and operated company serving Saratoga Springs and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, on-time service, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for AC maintenance or evaporator coil services in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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